52 days in Cuba Itinerary

52 days in Cuba Itinerary

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52 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Havana
— 17 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Vinales
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Varadero
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Trinidad
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Holguin
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Santiago de Cuba
— 7 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Cayo Largo
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Guadalajara

17
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Explore Havana's surroundings by going to Las Terrazas (Casa Museo de Polo Montanez & Las Terrazas Complex). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, and contemplate the long history of El Morro.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Havana sightseeing planning site .

Guadalajara, Mexico to Havana is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Guadalajara in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Havana, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Las Terrazas, Espiritu Santo Church (Iglesia Del Espiritu Santo)
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

3
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Change things up with a short trip to Cayo Jutias in Minas de Matahambre (about 1h 05 min away). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, Head underground at Cueva del Palmarito, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vinales online trip builder .

You can drive from Havana to Vinales in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cayo Jutias, Cayo Levisa, Cueva del Palmarito
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Cayo Levisa ©
Cayo Levisa

6
nights
Varadero

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Explore Varadero's surroundings by going to Matanzas (Callejon de las Tradiciones, Cuevas de Bellamar, & more) and Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, tee off at Varadero Golf Club, stroll around Josone Park, and get your bearings at Convention Center Plaza America.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero trip tool .

You can drive from Vinales to Varadero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar

7
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trinidad: Santa Clara (Israeli Cemetery of the Hebrew Community of Santa Clara, Museo de Artes Decorativas, & more), Iglesia de San Juan Batista (in Remedios) and Cienfuegos (Galeria Santiago Hermes, CasaHuella, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba, view the masterpieces at Galerie D'Art Calleyro, and take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Trinidad online itinerary planner .

Getting from Varadero to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Cuba, Topes de Collantes, Trinidad de Cuba
Highlights from your plan
Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum

1
night
Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Guillermo
A kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo has become a popular international tourist destination, buoyed by the construction of luxury all inclusive resorts that dot the paradisal island.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Guillermo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Holguin.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna

6
nights
Holguin

Holguin ©
Not overly touristy, Holguin offers a different perspective on Cuban life, standing as a major city that doesn't seek to commercialize its past or cover itself in all inclusive resorts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Holguin: Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail (in Guardalavaca), Bayamo (Jardin Botanico de Cupaynicu & Casa Natal De Carlos Manuel De Cespedes) and Bateria de Fernando VII (in Gibara). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Guardalavaca Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pesquero, don't miss a visit to Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz), and take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Guayabo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Holguin online route maker .

Fly from Cayo Guillermo to Holguin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Holguin are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayamo, Fabrica de Organos, Parque Monumento Nacional Bariay, Las Guanas Eco-Archaeologic Trail, Bateria de Fernando VII
Highlights from your plan
Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Cayo Saetia Island ©
Cayo Saetia Island

7
nights
Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago de Cuba: El Cobre (El Cobre Basilica & Basilica de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre) and Guantanamo (Catedral de Santa Catalina de Ricci & Zoologico de Piedra). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, take in the awesome beauty at Sierra Maestra, and contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Holguin to Santiago de Cuba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Santiago de Cuba sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

El Cobre, Guantanamo, Sierra Maestra, Cobre, Rancho El Dajao
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Casa de Diego Velazquez ©
Casa de Diego Velazquez

4
nights
Cayo Largo

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Zapata Peninsula. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Paraiso, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery, head off the coast to Cayo Rico, and kick back and relax at Playa Blanca Beach.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo route planner.

Fly from Santiago de Cuba to Cayo Largo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. In February in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Zapata Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

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